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Volume 12, Issue 1May, 2001



AHS Yesterday
(excerpts from AHS Spirits)

1981 (20 years ago) ... Magazine started work

The arrival of Cablevision meant many things to Ames television viewers. To media teacher Steve Linduska, it meant the Ames High Video Magazine, televised several times a week on the school and government station.

The Magazine's staff involved approximately twelve volunteers who spent between eight and ten hours on one half-hour segment. The Magazine presented features which were created and produced by the staff members.

Linduska was enthusiastic about the program. "Before we started the Magazine," he remarked, "our media classes were like a football team that practiced but never played a game." With the arrival of the Magazine, students obtained a larger audience to share their work with.


1951 (50 years ago) ... Undefeated C.I.C. Champions

The Little Cyclone grid team wrote a mighty chapter in Ames High football history by racing unbeaten through a gruelling eight-game schedule. By doing so, the Little Cyclones won their third straight conference championship, retained the "Little Green Jug" for another year, and established themselves as one of the top teams in the state.


Also in 1951 ... Pep Club Fun

The big topic of conversation in November was the mysterious disappearance of the Little Green Jug. This traditional Ames High fixture was discovered missing following the dance after the Ames-Boone football game. Now who would have done a thing like that?


1926 (75 years ago) ... Mixed Chorus

At the beginning of the school year, the Mixed Chorus was organized in Ames High. The personnel was chosen from the Boys' and Girls' Glee Clubs. It was under the direction of Miss Bower.

The purpose of the Mixed Chorus is to provide special work in music for those who are especially interested and desire more than the Boys' and Girls' Glee Clubs provide.

The group won first at the preliminary contest at Des Moines and has entered the state contest. We expect a great deal from the Mixed Chorus, and judging from its first year's success, we will not be disappointed.




AHS Today

AHS leads state in presidential scholars

Ames High School has six seniors who are eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholar program - that's more than any other city or high school in Iowa. Caitlin Braun, Andrew Houk, Nicholas Meyer, Evan Rothmayer, Carly Swanson and Elizabeth Talbert all have been invited to apply for the honor. Application for the program is by invitation only and is awarded annually to one male student and one female student in each state.

Regional Science Bowl Winners

A five-person science team from Ames High School came from behind to win the regional Science Bowl. The victory marks the school's fifth title in the 11-year history of the event, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.

Forty-eight teams from around the state gathered at ISU. "There were four teams that could have won it. Luckily we were the ones that did," said Kirk Daddow, the Ames team's coach. The Ames High team members now move on to national competition in Washington, D.C.

Faculty Honored

Ames High School, with cooperation from Josten's, honored eight faculty members for 35 years or more in education. Josten's provides rings for the occasion.

The faculty members recognized at a noon luncheon included Keith Carlson, Jim Duea, John Forssman, Homer Gartz, Dorothy Gugel, Marilyn Hanson, Bud Legg and Richard White. Each of the honorees has at least 26 years with Ames High School and collectively have more than 300 years of experience.

Martin named as a top 50 recruit

Ames High senior Erin Martin has been named one of Volleyball Magazine's Fab 50 in the publications list of the top high school players in the nation. She is listed as 44th and was the only Iowan selected. Martin will compete at Minnesota next season.

Miller named academic all-state

Senior Mike Miller has been named to the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Academic All-State basketball team as selected by the board of directors of the IBCA from nominations made by member coaches. Miller is one of 21 team members whose average ACT score is 30.4 and whose average grade point is 3.93.

Miller has signed to play at Northern Iowa next season. He also is a McDonald's All-American nominee.

Chess Champs

The Little Cyclones Chess Club recently notched its eighth state championship in the last 11 years. Ames topped defending champion Cedar Rapids Kennedy in the opening round. The AHS team is coached by Roger Gotschall and assisted by Paul Kapke.




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